Bayern Munich and Manchester City declared their interest in the 23-year-old German international who can leave Liverpool on a free transfer next summer.
The Merseyside club resisted Juventus overtures last summer despite knowing that Can had one year remaining on his contract. Subsequent talks between the club and player failed to break the impasse with the Italians becoming more confident of landing their man.
However, Manchester City and Bayern Munich both made their interest known to the player’s representatives, clouding the waters over his future.
It was long understood that Can favoured a move to Turin, but now the serial Serie A champions can no longer take that for granted. Currently second in the Scudetto, Max Allegri has Sami Khedira, 30, and Stefan Marchisio, 31, coming toward the end of their careers. Can is a younger replacement for both.
City’s predatory moves in the transfer market are designed to bolster their seemingly unassailable position at the top of the Premier League table. If it weakens a rival, so much the better.
Bayern continue to dominate German football, once more cantering to the Bundesliga title. Can is seen as a natural replacement for Arturo Vidal, 30, who has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea next summer.